Aspects of Italian and American History

Italians and Democracy

Under the pen name of Camillus, or as himself, Mazzei reached colonists beyond Virginia. In John Pinkney’s Gazette, Mazzei wrote: “To attain our goal it is necessary, my dear fellow-citizens, to discuss the natural rights of man and the foundations of a free government. A truly republican form of government cannot exist except where all men—from the very rich to the very poor—are perfectly equal in their natural rights…"

“Discrimination inevitably arouses envy and ill-feeling. Therefore, liberty will always be insecure and finally doomed to collapse. Democracy, I mean representative democracy, which embraces all individuals in one simple body, without any distinction whatsoever, is certainly the only form of government under which a true and enduring liberty may be enjoyed.”